Nelson Mandela

This Week in Boomer History: President Mandela … First in Space … ‘Vast Wasteland’

Posted on 05/4/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president on May 9, 1994, four years after his release from prison. He had been serving a life sentence on charges of sabotage and conspiring to overthrow the government. Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space on May 5, 1961. On May 9, 1961, newly appointed FCC chair Newton Minow invites members of the National Association of Broadcasters to observe a full …

Las 10 noticias más impactantes de 2013

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl año 2013 quedó marcado por noticias impactantes tanto en lo político, como en lo económico y lo social. Desde la muerte de Hugo Chávez y la elección de un papa “reformador” hasta la muerte del líder mundial Nelson Mandela, estas son, a mi juicio, las 10 principales noticias del año que termina. 1.  La muerte de Hugo Chávez El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, un líder carismático y férreo crítico del capitalismo, el modelo económico neoliberal y el gobierno de …

10 hechos que probablemente no sabías de Nelson Mandela

Posted on 12/6/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolNelson Mandela era una leyenda viviente. Fue amado y admirado por todo el mundo, reflejado en libros y películas, y colmado de premios y honores. Pero incluso una personalidad como él también estuvo rodeado de hechos sorprendentes y polémicos a lo largo de su vida. » Fotos: 1963, el año de los derechos civiles Aquí, 10 hechos que probablemente no sabías: 1. Mandela estuvo en la lista de los terroristas más buscados de Estados Unidos hasta 2008, cuando tenía 89 …

Fulfilling Mandela’s Legacy

Posted on 12/6/2013 by |AARP CEO | Comments

PoliticsThe world lost one of its most courageous and righteous leaders yesterday with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who was imprisoned for fighting against Apartheid in South Africa only to later become that country’s first elected president once Apartheid ended, dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and economic equality. My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Madiba on a trip to South Africa in 1994.  As we ate lunch together, I could not help but …

Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyNelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism — an achievement that earned …

The Men Who’ve Played Mandela

Posted on 11/13/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIn any other year, the British actor Idris Elba would be on the short list of possible Best Actor nominees for his towering performance in the new film Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Tracing Nelson Mandela’s life from his start as a 1950s apartheid opponent through his long imprisonment to his ultimate rise as president of South Africa, Elba displays a range as wide as the experience of the man he portrays. But this is the year of Chewitel …